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Educational uses of Firefox

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  • Please note that the intended audience is educators who use IE or who are new to Firefox. This presentation does not incorporate some of the tools a power user might require. Be sure you click on blue (hyperlinked) text.
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    • 1. Mozilla Firefox Mozilla's Firefox is a web browser. (It's like Internet Explorer, only much better for you and your students!) Make sure you click on blue (hyperlinked) text.
    • 2. Better than IE? How?
      • Firefox is FOSS.
      • Firefox is full of features.
      • Firefox offers endless customization features.
      Firefox runs on Windows or Mac. Windows: 2000 or higher Mac: OS X 10.4 or higher Click here for more information on system requirements.
    • 3. Firefox is FOSS
      • Free Software - “a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.” (FSF, 2007, ¶3)
      • Open Source - access to the source code under certain distribution terms
      FOSS= Free Open Source Software Free is better!
    • 4. Firefox is Full of Features
      • Security
      • Full zoom
      • Spell checker
      Great for those with visual impairments! These are just a few.
    • 5. Security
      • Parental controls
      • Pop-up blocker
      • Password manager
      • Phishing and malware protection
      For more information on Firefox's security, click here . The add-on, Ad Block Plus will completely remove ads from websites. (This keeps students from accidentally clicking on ads!)
    • 6. Full Zoom This becomes this. To zoom in Firefox, just hold down Ctrl and use the scroll button on the mouse.
    • 7. Spell Checker Teach students to right-click and select the correct spelling, or have them find the correct spelling on their own to make edits.
    • 8. Firefox Offers Endless Customization Features Add-ons are the cornerstone of customization, and are what really makes Firefox exceptional for education. Here are a few examples.
    • 9. Text-to-Speech
      • Accessibar - also includes other accessibility features (e.g., change font and background color)
      • Parolu - for webpages written in Esperanto
      • FoxLingo - “The Ultimate Language Tool!”
        • Web Page Translation
        • Supports 52 languages
      There are also 75 different language dictionary add-ons. Click here to see them.
    • 10. Calculators
      • These add-ons offer an alternative to buying scientific calculators:
      • Graphing Calculator Toolbar
      • Galculator
      • Calculator
    • 11. Research
      • Notefish - allows users to save, organize, and share snippets of web pages
      • Zotero - helps users collect, manage, and cite research sources.
      • Diigo - social bookmarking uses the power of others' searches to improve research